Initial Descent: February 4 – 10, 2018

Netherlands
Netherlands

Another weekend, another relief. It’s been a long and I mean LONG week but finally it’s time to kick those feet up and let the rough side drag. And you better believe I’m letting it drag whilst listening to all this week has to offer and HEY, you should be too. Kicking things off is the ultimate good time, off-kilter and absolutely outstanding Netherlands with their new EP Hope Porn — hit up “Rewild!” and let your worries melt away. Next up is The Atlas Moth with Coma Noir and I’m telling you now, this band has never sounded better, progressive sludge at its finest. Following that is Under the Mountain by King Witch and I dare you to find a better song than “Ancients” — the 70’s swing and classic rock vibes just drip from every note here. And closing the top slots this week is Fu Manchu with Clone of the Universe and honestly their brand of desert rock hasn’t sounded this good since the days of “Weird Beard.” Look that up and get back to me. So, another fantastic start but we are long from being done. Jump in and have fun, that’s what it’s all about. Continue reading

Album Review: King Witch – “Under the Mountain”

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A lot of bands lumped in the throwback circuit of 70s nostalgia rock (I’m thinking bands like Witchcraft, Kadavar, and the recently reunited Graveyard) takes their cues from the Marshall stacks and searing solos of the progenitors of the field, but there’s a smaller component often missed.  Listening to Under the Mountain, the debut album from Scottish classic rockers King Witch I discovered they realized that gap as well, and made sure to cover it on a powerhouse collection of tunes I’ve been spinning a lot these past few weeks.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: March 5 – 11, 2017

Lock Up
Lock Up

Quick reminder before we get into this amazing week in metal: we gain our days back tomorrow so don’t be a knucklehead and use the “I forgot to set my clock right” excuse at work on Monday, just saying. Now for the goods: everyone’s favorite grind/death metal veterans Lock Up return with Demonization and, with a new frontman in Kevin Sharp, to say they’ve hit the biggest homerun of their career is an understatement — hearing is believing so get to it. Even though Engulfed‘s debut full length Engulfed In Obscurity has been out digitally for a minute it’s set for a CD release this week which is the perfect opportunity for those of you who missed it (you boneheads) to take advantage of some extremely dense and classic sounding death metal. Atmospheric black metallers Fen return with their fifth full length Winter and this is one you’re going to want to take the time to listen to in full — trust me it’s well worth it, don’t skimp just do it. And last but not least is In the Company of Serpents with their latest full length Ain Soph Aur which finds the band fully realizing their immense doom talents amongst a backdrop of spaghetti western motifs as they explore the “true self” and what a ride it is, think of your favorite doom band mixed with an old classic western film score — yet another one you just have to hear to believe. Alright so, the first four are ridiculously good but as always there’s much, much more to explore right after the jump.

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Album Review: Lock Up – “Demonization”

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Is it fair to call Lock Up a “supergroup” at this point? It feels like a bit of a disservice when you listen to how consistent the music has been over the course of 18 years despite the fact that each LP has featured a different lineup. For a band that has seen its share of tragedy, personnel and scene changes Lock Up have always stayed remarkably true to their vision: to play a no-holds-barred combination of death and grind that refuses to comfortably sit easily in either genre. It’s always been brutal, it’s always been fast, and in their latest album Demonization it’s chanced upon the right mix of precision and fury to craft the best album of the band’s career to date.   Continue reading

Album Review: Saviours – “Palace Of Vision”

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If there’s one thing that can be said about Saviours‘ body of work is that it’s energetic. Even though, thematically, they’re singing about dark subject matter and the end of everything we know. With each successive release, riffs are the horsepower under the hood. Never ones to shy away from a formula, the same can be said for their fifth full length, Palace of Vision. Four years have passed since Death’s Procession and the only deviation in sound this time out is a more cohesive album with better production. Continue reading